Elder George Robert Joe and Darlene East Scholarship Fund

Elder George Robert “Joe” East (1940-2000) was born in Clairton, Pennsylvania. He attended Clairton Public Schools and earned his GED. He also received a certificate of completion and certification as an automotive mechanic from McKeesport Vocational-Technical High School.

George received Jesus Christ as his personal savior Oct. 15, 1962, during a revival/shut-in. He studied under the leadership of the late Bishop Ithiel Clemmons, an international historian and lecturer in the Church of God in Christ Inc., and founder of the Prayer and Life Clinic. Friends and family called East “Little Joe” but he was known as “Brother Joe” in the Clairton Church where he also was dubbed “George, Tiller of the Soil” because of his gift to teach God’s word. After being called to the ministry, he was licensed as an Evangelist (Dec. 24, 1967) and ordained as an Elder in the Church of God in Christ (Aug. 25, 1971). In addition, East graduated with honors from the Harty Bible School of Pittsburgh (1967) and received a certificate of study from the Charles Harrison Mason Theological Seminary (1973) in Atlanta. While a member of Gethsemane Church of God in Christ, Elder East served as an associate minister and taught the young adult Sunday school class until 1988 when he was called to work at Wells Memorial Church of God in Christ in Greensboro, North Carolina. He served as assistant pastor under Bishop LeRoy Jackson Woolard, Jurisdictional Prelate of Greater North Carolina, and the late Bishop Ithiel Clemmons. George was a service technician for Sears and was commended for 30 years with the company. George was married to Darlene Foster East.

Darlene Foster East (1944-2009) was born in Van Meter, Pennsylvania. She had a love for education and her thirst for knowledge was seen through her many educational involvements. While in Pennsylvania, she graduated from Rostraver High School, Duffs Business Institute with honors in 1964 and Allegheny Community College with high honors in 1982 and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She worked at Westinghouse Electric Corp., then progressed from teller at Mellon Bank to bank officer/mortgage lending field manager. She also completed several banking certifications and received recognition and bonus awards for sales and services. Upon moving to Greensboro, she became branch manager of Greensboro National Bank, customer service representative for Norrell Temporary Agency, credit analyst for American Express, SIMS operator/media assistant in Guilford County Schools and finally administrative office support for North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. After serving almost 10 years as office manager of University Relations (The Garrett House), she had plans to retire April 30. Due to her outstanding job performance and commitment, Darlene became the first recipient of the Employee of the Quarter Award in the Division of Development and University Relations. Her peers elected her to the N.C. A&T Staff Senate.

Darlene promised her husband she would complete her college education and graduated summa cum laude December 2004 from N.C A&T. She received her Bachelor of Science in journalism and mass communication, with a concentration in public relations. Her honorary awards and commendations included: Golden Key International Honor Society, Tom Joyner Scholarship, Theta Chapter of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, All American Scholar, National Dean’s List, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Academic Merit Department of Speech & Communication, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Kappa Tau Alpha and Cambridge Who’s Who. As a N.C. A&T graduate student, Darlene was an Anna Julia Cooper Scholar in Adult Education. The School of Graduates inducted her as a 4.0 Scholar for Academic Achievement.

Elder George and Darlene East Scholarship Fund Criteria

Scholarships from the Elder George and Darlene East Scholarship Endowment Fund will be awarded to deserving students as determined by the University Scholarship Committee based on the criteria cited below. In making the selection, this committee shall consider such attributes as scholarship, leadership, community service, exceptional talent and financial need. The committee shall give special selection consideration to:
• Students enrolled at N.C. A&T with a minimum GPA of 2.5
• Preference will be given to students who are physically challenged
• Candidates must write an essay of 300 words or more expressing how they overcame obstacles in life

Pledge Form for the Elder George and Darlene East Scholarship Fund